Living up to its “world of cars” name, the biennial Mondial de l’automobile for 2016 promises plenty of visceral excitement as well as the inevitable themes around electric power, connectivity and autonomous driving.
We have seen some of them already. Concepts like the encouragingly Citroensque Citroen CXperience, and the elegant if gargantuan Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupe. Other concepts are promised by Renault, by Lexus – the UX will perhaps be its most polarising design yet – and Mitsubishi with its “Ground Tourer”.
One concept we will have to wait until next week to see is BMW’s response to the Land Rover Evoque. The compact SUV, promising a sporty drive and coupe styling, will wear X2 badges when it morphs from concept to production car – which should happen quickly. Next door to BMW at Mini, the new Countryman should make its bow.
There will, of course, be SUVs everywhere you look at Paris this year, but there will still only be one Land Rover Discovery. We have seen a picture, and watched the film – and how clever is that new seat-folding system? – but still all eyes will be on how it looks now all the corners have been knocked off its predecessor’s boxy body. We liked the old Disco and the boxy look… but expectations with gen-05 Disco are surely off the scale.